Run out of storage space at home and need to rent a self-storage unit? If so, there are some decisions that you need to make when selecting a unit. Here are 4 things to decide on when making your selection.
The one factor that will have the greatest impact on your monthly rental cost is the square footage. As you can imagine, a bigger unit is going to cost you more per month. Thankfully, there are units of various sizes at your local storage facility so that you do not have to pay for more space than what you need. It is worth staging your belongings first to figure out if it will fit within the unit you are looking to rent. You can measure the dimensions of the unit in your garage and mark off the walls with tape. When getting ready to bring stuff to your storage unit, stage it in the garage within the space that matches the unit. If you can get everything to fit within the space while at home, you know that it will fit when you get to your storage unit.
The kind of items that you are putting into self-storage will determine the need for climate controls. This means that the unit will be heated and cooled with an HVAC system to control the temperature and humidity. It's a necessity if you are storing things like musical instruments, which can be damaged if stored in certain conditions that damage the wood. Even something as simple as a leather couch can become damaged if the leather cracks under cold conditions.
You may find that you can save a bit on your storage unit if you travel to a location that is a bit farther out. While there is the convenience of finding a storage unit that is close to where you live in the city, those units will naturally cost more money because they are high in demand. You won't be visiting your storage unit frequently, so consider renting one that is in an area where the rates are a bit lower.
How you get items in and out of your storage unit can play a big role in terms of accessibility. Is it the type of unit that you can drive up to with your vehicle and unload items directly into it, or is it a smaller unit inside a facility that will take a bit of walking to get to. Depending on how heavy the items are that you are storing, you may want the accessibility to make loading the unit easier.
Are you planning to build a new house in the near future? If you desperately desire for your home to function for you and your family, incorporate plenty of storage solutions in it. For instance, you might wish to install a large, walk-in closet in your master bedroom. You may also want to build a linen closet in your master bathroom. Installing a bay window with a built-in, storage box is also an ingenious idea. To keep your new place free of clutter, you might even wish to rent a storage unit at a facility near you. You can store seasonal items such as Christmas decorations, snow skis, or beach balls in your rented, storage compartment. On this blog, I hope you will discover clever, storage ideas for your new abode. Enjoy!